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OCP develops its resilience by diversifying innovation experiences

Groupe OCP continues to adapt. A world leader in the phosphate industry, OCP recently became a member of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP), which specializes in promoting the sustainable management of phosphorus. The Group will share with more than 40 ESPP members its expertise and best practices covering the entire value chain from phosphate rock extraction to industrial phosphorus production. This new step in international diversification, in terms of research and development, will allow the OCP team to strengthen its innovation capacities.

From the largest global phosphate reserves known to date, in Morocco, the global phosphate giant extracts, processes, transforms and exports phosphate products on 5 continents. Responsible custodian of this strategic resource over its entire value chain, from the fertilizer production process to their use by farmers, OCP places at the heart of its strategy the need to offer “the right fertilizer, in the right place, at the right price for all farmers”.

This approach is based on the 4Rs for reasoned fertilization (Right source, Right quantity, Right time and Right place). The aim is to ensure efficient and optimal use of fertilizers based on science and best agricultural practices. Hence the priority to reflect on innovations related to the recycling of phosphorus and its sustainability.

Founded in 2013, ESPP has created a proactive network to think collectively on a green and sustainable management of this strategic resource. This international organization is made up of several actors committed to the sustainable management of phosphorus.

Indeed, ESPP ensures knowledge sharing and networking opportunities to contribute to a long-term vision of phosphorus sustainability. Its headquarters are located in Europe, but it is present on other continents through its member organizations, located in Japan and North America.

ESPP members cover a wide range of expertise in the phosphorus value chain: phosphorus extraction and processing, water and waste treatment in the phosphate industry, agriculture, phosphorus reuse and recycling, innovation and phosphorus technologies.

ESPP members are drawn from the private sector, NGOs and government organizations. A perfect illustration of the “Public Private Partnership” at the international level. Hanane Mourchid, Sustainability & Green Industrial Development Director of OCP Group, said: “We are pleased to become a member of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP). Phosphorus is a vital resource, and as a major player and responsible for the largest phosphate reserves known to date, we are committed to maximizing the potential of this resource, through the force of innovation and innovation. R&D to continue to create phosphate products that help feed the world in a sustainable way. If we are to continue feeding our growing population, it is essential that we continue to find new and innovative ways to manage phosphate resources.”

Ludwig Hermann, President of ESPP, said: “ESPP brings together organizations across the phosphorus value chain that are committed to meeting the challenges of the sustainability of this resource. We are delighted to welcome the OCP Group as a member. As a major player in the phosphate industry and a major contributor to phosphorus research, we are delighted to help create research and innovation opportunities around phosphate management. Ongoing dialogues and knowledge sharing are essential to ensure progress in the responsible use of phosphorus, which will nourish our world for centuries to come.”

The ESPP platform is also working on water management with the aim of reducing eutrophication and preserving natural water resources. Today, OCP recycles 80% of the water used in its phosphate rock production processes, thereby optimizing water use throughout the value chain.

Thus, with its 100 years of experience, OCP participates, at the global level, in the challenge of global food security while minimizing the impact on the environment. As a result, innovation is integrated into the OCP Group strategy in order to improve the efficiency of use and reuse of phosphate while offering a circular, customized and sustainable approach.

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